This Week’s Game: Moshannon Valley (2-5) at Juniata Valley (5-2), 7 p.m.
Last Week in Review: A pair of TD passes gave Juniata Valley a 14-0 halftime lead over visiting Claysburg, then two running TDs in the second half secured a 27-6 victory. Quarterback Caden Rupert completed 16 of 25 passes for 223 yard and touchdowns of 40 and eight yards to Jacob Hensor.
“I was very pleased that we kept one of the best quarterbacks in the area under control,” said Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser. “In the fourth quarter, when we expected them to throw, they had to run.
“Offensively, we’re taking what defenses give us. We threw deep early, then underneath later. We finished by running the ball effectively in the second half.”
Scouting Report: “We can’t focus on Moshannon Valley’s record,” Musser continued. “They have good size up front and a couple good players in skill positions.
“Offensively, they run a lot of read option and RPO. They try to get you out of position and throw behind you.
“Defensively, we’ll see four- and five-man fronts with pressure coming from the linebackers.
“Right now, our special teams are very special and I believe we should have an advantage there.”
Starting Offense: Jacob Hensor, wide receiver; Hunter Johnson, wide receiver; Gabe Brower, slotback; Grant Musser, H-Back; Jonathan Bouch, left tackle; Daniel Wagner, left guard; Seth Kurtz, center; Elliott Showalter, right guard; Dalton Dick, right tackle; Caden Rupert, quarterback; Ryan Betres, fullback.
Starting Defense: Isaac Waton, end; Austin Dick, tackle; Seth Kurtz, tackle; Elliott Showalter, end; Adam Boone outside linebacker; Ryan Betres, middle linebacker; Grant Musser, outside linebacker; Hunter Johnson, cornerback; Gabe Brower, cornerback; Landon Reed, safety; Eli Morder, safety.
Stat Leaders: Rushing: Ryan Betres 89-486 with six touchdowns; Gabe Brower, 53-332 with thee TDs; Passing: Caden Rupert 70x111 for 901 yards with 10 TDs and five interceptions; Receiving: Gabe Brower 18-281 with two TD, Grant Musser 16-204 with two TD, Jacob Hensor 14-225 with three TD, Hunter Johnson 13-181 with three TD.
Last Year: Juniata Valley led 7-6 at halftime, then added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to come home with a 21-6 victory. Jaxson Rand rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Quin Zinobile passed for 213 yards, including a 32-yard TD to Grant Musser.
Series: Juniata Valley has won the last two meetings to even the series at 22-22-1. The last Moshannon Valley win was 20-13 in 2016.